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Ferguson new BankEast branch manager

Tammy Ferguson is BankEast’s new vice president and branch manager for their Maryville main office. Ferguson brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the market to the position.

"BankEast has so much to offer customers in the Maryville market," Ferguson said. "Our office is focused on helping customers in the area meet their needs while offering local service from people they know."
Ferguson started her career in banking more than 18 years ago. She has worked in many aspects of banking and incorporates that background into her day-to-day work.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to focus my energies on the Maryville market," Ferguson said. "It is a great area to get to know people and work closely with them. I’m anxious to continue those relationships."

Bob Sullivan, regional president for Blount County knows that Tammy is a great addition to the Maryville office. "Tammy brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the market to the Maryville office," Sullivan said. "We are fortunate to have someone with her background, experience and expertise."

Ferguson’s office is in the Bank’s Maryville office located at 417 Foothills Mall Drive. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Local telephone number for the Maryville Office is 865-980-2900 and Tammy’s direct office number is 865-980-2912.

Ferguson is active in the local community. She serves on the board of directors for the Blount County Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service and is a team member each year with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
She and her husband Robert live in West Maryville and have one son, Robby.

Elrod named to National Judges Panel

Keith Elrod, Certified Picture Framer from Maryville, has been named to the Professional Picture Framers Association panel of competition judges. This panel judges picture framing competitions throughout the United States and is comprised of only 67 members of the PPFA. They serve the art and framing industry by offering programs that elevate professional standards and professional certifications.

This honor was bestowed on Elrod at the recent annual convention of the PPFA in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is only the second custom picture framer in the state of Tennessee to hold this position.

Elrod is the owner of K & M Gallery, LLC, located at 705 Hoegridge Point, Maryville. Contact the gallery at 865-977-9441.

Yoakum joins Curtis Mortgage

Jimmy Yoakum joins Curtis Mortgage as Mortgage Loan Originator for their College Branch office.

A native of Maryville, Yoakum is excited about his new position. "I’m eager to get started," Yoakum said. "This is a great opportunity for me to work with the people of Blount County, who I’ve known my entire life."

Bill Curtis, CEO of Curtis Mortgage believes that Yoakum will be a great addition to the Curtis Mortgage staff. "Jimmy is a great fit for Curtis Mortgage," Curtis said. "As a native of the Maryville area he knows the people and wants to work with them to achieve their home financing goals."

Yoakum’s office is in the new College Branch office located at 826 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. in Maryville. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Yoakum’s direct office number is 865-273-4421.

Yoakum graduated from William Blount High School and East Tennessee State University. He spent four years in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg and 10 years in law enforcement.

Active in the local community, Yoakum works in the youth ministry for Blount Community Church, is a former Young Life leader, and is a coach for midget football and little league baseball.

He and his wife, Traci, have three children.

Tennessee Marble Co. acquires Tennessee Valley Marble

Tennessee Marble Company, a vertically integrated quarrier and fabricator of natural stone headquartered in Friendsville, Tenn., has acquired the assets of Tennessee Valley Marble, also located in Friendsville.

Monica Gawet, president of Tennessee Marble Co., says the acquisition makes the company the largest marble cutting and fabricating operation in the United States.

"This enables us to offer a greater variety of Tennessee marble with a better ability to match existing products," Gawet says, noting that the acquisition involves the purchase of quarry rights & minerals and several leases.

Gawet says her company’s strategic move was taken primarily to bring stability to the supply for Tennessee Pink marble, which is found only in East Tennessee. She says the material also has historical significance for the East Tennessee region, having been quarried since the 1890’s with a comeback in popularity over the past decade.

The former owners of Tennessee Valley Marble are Tom and Mary White, who owned the company since August 2003 and recently decided to retire.

The two companies worked on several projects together, most notably the Knoxville Convention Center and the ongoing U.S. Capitol Visitors Center project in Washington, D.C. Gaw et says that Tennessee Marble Co. will assume completion of several projects started by Tennessee Valley Marble.

Tennessee Pink marble supplied by Tennessee Marble Co., has also been installed in Grand Central Station in New York City, the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and in the City of Maryville, Tenn., Municipal Building. Marble from Tennessee Valley Marble can be found in the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark., the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Tennessee Marble Company, founded in 1993, is family-owned and operated and affiliated with Gawet Marble & Granite of Center Rutland, Vt. The Gawet family has been in the stone business for nearly 100 years. Gawet notes that the acquisition will increase the company’s production capacity by more than 30 percent.

Gawet’s husband, Gus Zacharias, is Tennessee Marble Company’s general manager, overseeing approximately 100,000 square feet of production space and approximately 45 employees. The company plans to actively quarry natural stone at five sites in Blount, Knox and Loudon counties in Tennessee and in Isle LaMotte, Vt

Marble varieties manufactured by Tennessee Marble Co. include Tennessee Light Rose, Dark Rose, Tennessee Cedar, Georgia Cherokee, Vermont Danby, Vermont Windham Green, Imperial Black, Champlain Black, Alabama White and Colorado White. Over the last 16 months, the two companies estimate that more than 100,000 square feet of Tennessee marble was fabricated and supplied on projects throughout the country.

BB&T names new regional retail banking manager

Michael W. Honeycutt has been named retail banking manager and senior vice president for BB&T’s East Tennessee region, which includes Blount County.

Honeycutt will oversee 71 retail branch locations in an area stretching from Abingdon, Virginia to Blue Ridge, Georgia, and from Nashville to Murphy, N.C.

"Michael is a first-tier banking professional and we are fortunate to have someone of his background, experience and knowledge of BB&T to fill this key role," said Missy Wallen, BB&T Tennessee president. "At each step in Michael’s career he has been assigned positions of increasing responsibility, and he has done an outstanding job every time."

Retail banking includes retail lending, deposit and fee income generation and client service. More than 400 BB&T employees work in the branches under Honeycutt’s charge.

"I am deeply grateful for the confidence Missy Wallen has shown in me," said Honeycutt. "BB&T offers customers the benefits that come from working with one of the country’s largest financial institutions that emphasizes decisions being made locally."

With BB&T since July 2000, Honeycutt, 33, previously was regional business banking manager. Before that, he was a business service officer in Blount County.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1996 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance.

Honeycutt lives in Knoxville with his wife, Karen, and his two daughters, Ansley and Reagan. He is a member of the Maryville Rotary Club and the allocations panel for the Blount County United Way.

American Fidelity Bank goes Green

American Fidelity Bank, a subsidiary of Greene County Bank in Greeneville, Tenn., is changing its name to GreenBank. The change, effective April 2, will allow GreenBank to unify each of its locations throughout Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, making it more convenient to identify the bank’s affiliate branches.

"Until now, many of our community banks were operating under a different name, each relative to the area in which it is located," said GreenBank President and CEO Stan Puckett. "Few realized that if you banked at American Fidelity Bank, you could also bank at any one of the Greene County Bank affiliates."

Careful to point out that Greene County Bank is not being bought or merged with another entity, Puckett notes that the name change is solely the result of an effort to create a seamless identity across all branches.

"By creating this consistent identity, we’re able to take GreenBank’s services to the next level. Creating a consistent brand allows us to continue to be Tennessee’s most convenient bank," said Puckett.

Current American Fidelity Bank customers will still be able to use their existing checks and check cards and will also be able to take advantage of the bank’s new extended weekday hours and seven-day banking in every region.

Joseph Construction named top builder

Joseph Construction Company, Inc., a general contracting company with offices in Knoxville and Sevierville, has been named Builder of the Year for the Southeastern United States by Butler Manufacturing, a BlueScope Steel Company and the world leader in the development and manufacture of metal building systems.

Butler has approximately 1000 builders nationwide - only five builders in the United States received the award. The award recognizes exceptional practices in safety, management, and market share, including the sales of Butler building and roof systems as well as demonstrates superior marketing skills.

Joseph was founded in 1972 and has been a Butler dealer since 1980. They are East Tennessee’s largest Butler builder.

Joseph operates throughout East Tennessee from its Knoxville headquarters and branch office in Sevierville, building both pre-engineered and conventionally constructed buildings. Joseph is owned by Blount County resident Joe Zappa.

Representative projects and clients include the Marriott National Shared Services Center; Clayton Homes Corporate Headquarters; Freightliner of Knoxville; Bank East’s new Knoxville headquarters; Team Health; the Music Road Inn and Convention Center and Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge; multiple projects for JTEKT Automotive, OTICS, Seiko Inc. and Matsuo Automotive in Hamblen and Jefferson Counties, respectively.

With approximately 1,000 Butler Builders® nationwide, Butler Manufacturing Company is a leader in systems construction. Systems construction solutions are applied to the majority of all non-residential, low rise buildings. Advantages of systems construction over traditional construction methods include: faster construction time, lower costs, reduced maintenance costs and ease of expansion.

BankEast opens Townsend Office

BankEast announced today that it has opened a new branch in Townsend. Located at 7971 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, the newest BankEast branch will be a third Blount County location for the local community bank.

"We continue to grow in Blount County," said Bob Sullivan, regional president for Blount County. "Our Townsend office will allow us to meet the banking needs of the Townsend community, providing additional convenience and great service."

There will be some familiar faces serving customers at the Townsend office. Ruth Lindsey and Faye Moser will serve as tellers at the Townsend branch. Both live in Townsend and have been involved in the community for many years.

"Our new location will really allow us to better serve our customers in the Townsend area," said Sullivan. "We are anxious for everyone to come by and see our new branch to experience ‘Banking The Way It Should Be’."

The one-story building includes a drive-thru window, ATM and night depository, and is located in front of the IGA Supermarket.

The new office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

"We know it’s important to be convenient for our customers," commented Sullivan. "That’s why we provide 24-hour banking capability through a variety of methods for our business and consumer customers."

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